Vegetarian Options in Halong Bay Cruise
Halong Bay shouldn’t be skipped by any traveler to Vietnam… so what do you do if you’re vegetarian or vegan? Never fear, the cruises in Halong Bay have you covered, and you’ll be sailing away with meat-free, deliciously veg meals for your whole trip.
Vietnam is known for its fresh and flavorful cuisine. It’s an intrinsic part of the culture, and you really don’t want to miss out on the delicious mix of sweet, savory, and spicy that they have so skillfully mastered in Halong Bay.
Many cruises can accommodate your dietary preferences, whatever they may be. Whether you don’t eat seafood, or are full vegetarian or vegan, have a food allergy or need gluten free, you can cruise worry free and know that you’ll be taken care of. Some cruises are especially skilled at this– Pelican Halong Cruises, Orchid Cruises, and Garden Bay Cruises are all notable examples of lines that have taken special care to meet the food needs and requests of their passengers.
The key here is to let your cruise know before-hand that you’ll be needing a special diet. The more time you can give them the better, but for most cruise lines as long as you give them at least 48 hours notice they’ll be able to provide some great alternatives to the usual menu. Some cruises will even provide you at a special table, so you don’t need to be seated near the dishes that you’d prefer to avoid.
Three meals a day, each with seven to nine courses of beautifully and expertly crafted dishes, are the standard fare on the luxury cruise lines. The chefs are extremely talented artisans, and they are masters at finding just the right balance between flavors, freshness, and healthy eating to make sure that you will have the best meal experience possible. They’ll also skillfully pair your meal with a perfectly matched wine or other drink of your choice. All your foods will all be expertly prepared and created in traditional Vietnamese style.
If you opt for vegetarian or vegan fare on your Halong Bay cruise, you’ll be treated to a range of dishes and choices. Braised tofu, spicy curry, caramelized pineapple, fried bananas, sautéed potatoes and mushrooms, veggie spring rolls, creamy pumpkin soup, leafy green salads with sesame seeds and sweet radish dressings, and traditional rice and noodles are all typical examples of what you can expect from the full vegetarian meals.
Seafood is the noted specialty throughout Halong Bay and on all the cruises, so if you do eat some seafood you’ll have a very wide range of food choices– juicy shrimp, grilled fish, and fried oysters are all popular dishes. If you eat meat but no seafood, expect choices such as teriyaki chicken and braised beef.
Beyond just delicious foods prepared to meet your dietary needs and wants, you can also expect the chefs of Halong Bay to skillfully showcase the artistry of their craft. Dragons carved into ice, watermelon lotus flowers, and vegetable ships that are so realistic you’ll be amazed when you realize it’s all a part of the meal.
The luxury cruise lines of Halong Bay take dining very seriously, and consider the cuisine to be an important part of your Halong Bay experience. They have made every effort to make sure that you not only enjoy the food while you cruise the seas, but that you go home still dreaming about it.